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NZ vehicle sales hit new March record

NZN 3/04/2017

New Zealand new vehicle sales jumped to their highest level for a March month, continuing the run of record monthly sales this year.

Registrations of new vehicles rose 15 per cent to 13,869 in March from the year-earlier month, the highest level ever recorded for the month, according to the Motor Industry Association.

In the first quarter, registrations for new vehicles were up 15 per cent to 39,477 compared with the same period last year.

The latest registration data shows the market continues to shine, with new records set for every month this year following three straight years of record sales as the economy is buoyed by low interest rates and record migration and tourism.

"Growth in the new vehicle sector continues to surpass expectations," said association chief executive David Crawford.

Commercial vehicle registrations in March rose 18 per cent to 4639, the highest level for any month since the MIA began collecting the data in 1981. Passenger vehicle registrations gained 13 per cent to 9230.

Japanese car maker Toyota was the overall market leader for the month, with a 17 per cent market share, followed by Ford with 11 per cent and Holden with 8 per cent.

The Ford Ranger was the bestselling vehicle model for the month, with 810 registrations, followed by the Toyota Hilux with 740 and the Toyota Corolla on 396.

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